Slovak volleyball players lost their debut at the European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia. In Friday’s game, groups C were not enough for the Olympic winners from France 0:3.
In the next match, the Slovaks will start on Saturday at 15.00 CET against Estonia.
France – Slovakia 3: 0 (22, 20, 19)
Resolutions: Asipchik (BLR) and Ovuka (UKR)
France: Chinenyeze 7, Toniutti 1, Ngapeth 17, Bultor 3, Patry 17, Clevenot 13, Libero Grebennikov (Faure 1, Brizard 0). Coach: b. Resende.
Slovakia: Kriško 12, Mačuha 2, Michalovič 16, Paták 10, Krajčovič 3, F. Palgut 3, Libero Ľ. Nemek (Bokopik 0, Ondrovich 0). Coach: M. Kardash.
The Slovaks won the first point in the first set, and the French later topped 10:5. In the final at 24:20, the Slovaks managed to get past two goals, and the French turned to a third.
In the second group, the Slovak national team was already ahead 7: 3, but their opponents turned the score, later they took a lead of 11: 9. Thanks to Paták, the equaliser was then done at 14:14, but the favorite managed to finish better again.
Even in the third group, the Slovaks kept their opponent. Although they initially lost, the state has yet to decide 16:16. The French then bounced back by four points and eventually won the set by 25:19.
Votes after the match:
Real coach Marek Kardosh: “The biggest difference was in the details. But we played well in defence, that’s good. In general, we played a well-balanced match with the candidate. It was clear that they played more than us. It must be admitted that we lost to an opponent who will play for medals. We have to move on.” .
Petr Michalovic, Slovak player: “I don’t think we need to be ashamed, even though we had worse vertebrae when we had to play more dangerously. I hope we avoid mistakes like this tomorrow.”
Simon Krajovic, Slovakian player: “We put in a good performance, we were a good opponent. They played that in the end. They had to play one hundred percent to beat us, they couldn’t relax. The French played better in defence.”
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